A flower pattern created by Bailey Sullivan A flower pattern created by Bailey Sullivan

Bailey Sullivan Is Busy

By Terri Stone

Bailey Sullivan is a graphic designer for WeWork, a company that rents shared workspaces. Part of her job involves traveling to WeWork offices around the world and embellishing them with her art on walls, rugs, signs, sculptures, benches, and more. On top of globe-hopping for work, she also juggles freelance clients and personal projects.

"It's a hard balance of wanting to be creating all of the time while not neglecting your relationships and personal health," Sullivan says. She's learned that adding a "buffer day"—or two—into timelines for freelance projects helps maintain her sanity. 

Sullivan concepted and designed the neon fighting robots (each roughly 9 feet tall) for WeWork’s San Francisco headquarters.

Sullivan's pieces sometimes read as folk art for the modern age. "I’m obsessed with old European floral illustrations," she says. "My husband spent a few years living in Budapest as a child; awhile back I was searching online for something special from that area for him and I came across all of these amazing vintage Hungarian floral stamps and embroideries. I instantly connected with that imagery and how graphic and bright the flowers were and how they were stylized in a way that feels more decorative than a realistic still life."

"I love going to museums that have handmade rugs and tapestries from hundreds of years ago and looking at how they were embellished, then taking that inspiration and mixing it with my more modern vector style," Sullivan says. She created the rug, which is her own design, by hand.

WeWork Tokyo eventually transformed Sullivan's ramen canvas into neon.

Sullivan's art is in a WeWork/Facebook space in California, and in a WeWork Toronto space.

Sullivan drew the sardine illustration on a whim as a personal project. Years later, an agency designing packaging for the grocery chain Tesco found it and asked her to adapt the concept for the store's sardine tins. "It was a fun, full-circle project."

Sullivan created the abstract design for a WeWork office and the cast iron skillet illustration for datepaper.co. "I’m most comfortable with Adobe Illustrator, she says, "and then usually I’ll take it into Adobe Photoshop at the end to add texture and tweak colors a bit."

To see more of Bailey Sullivan's work, check out her Instagram and Dribbble accounts, and her website, baileysullivan.com.